Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by NomDeTrout, Mar 8, 2010.
I fish primarily for steelhead because no other fish gives me the shakes.
Carp, the poor man's steelhead. Carp kick ass for sure.
They're elusive beasts worth the prowl.
Funny thing is I've probably spent more money chasing carp than I have steelhead.
For me, I think it started when I was a kid growing up in the Midwest. Other than an occasional trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where I had the opportunity to fish a small river that was stocked with trout, most of my fishing was done in lakes for bass, bluegill, and catfish. For some, reason, this left something to be desired. Anyhow, I would page through my Grandfathers fishing magazines and from time to time, I would see these pictures of huge rainbow trout. Looking back on it, I’m not entirely sure that they were steelhead. However, these pictures did leave an impression on me, and I use to dream about pursuing rainbow trout like those in my Grandfather’s magazines. Looking back at it, I kind of think that steelhead are the epitome (at least for me) of those huge rainbow trout that I used to dream about as a kid.
Apart from that, I will give the following reasons for why I love to chase steelhead:
- I get a sense of total freedom when covering miles of river searching for steelhead. So, in other words, I feel alive when I am out on the river.
- I love the challenge of finding and then afterwards, the satisfaction of catching a steelhead using whatever method I have chosen for that particular day.
- I love how they (steelhead) go ape shit when you hook into one.
- Whether they are chrome or have their war paint on, they are all beautiful fish.
- I am fascinated by the life histories of the steelhead in the different river basins that I pursue them in.
- Tying steelhead flies gives me a creative outlet; one that I have not known since I quit playing music.
- In my pursuit of steelhead, I have visited many different places in the state Washington (and a few in Oregon) that I might not have visited otherwise.
- In my pursuit of steelhead, I have come into contact with people who I would not have not have met otherwise.
- I like preparing for my trips and doing research on the rivers that I am going to fish.
- I like the anticipation that I feel while en route to the river.
- I am fascinated by the history of fishing for steelhead with a fly.
Sorry if this was a little bit long.
I've got the shakes too, but it's because my rivers are closed till June and I'm going thru withdrawl. bawling:
No lie man, no lie.
What about Atlantic Salmon? More similar to steelies than to salmon. Or even stripers??
I'd like to chase both of those species in the future!
Good point. The Atlantic salmon fishing I did in Scotland was almost identical to steelhead fishing here, just with more rules and actual Scots instead of Americans dressing up as Scots.
Steelhead are over-rated.
Yes, Good point. I have no experience with Atlantics. On my list though.
Salmo, you're just butt-hurt because washington steelheading sucks. Hey, you always have west-side trout on a .05 weight.
For me, steelheading is the fishing equivalent of elk hunting. The whole experience is magical, and the way we do it, hard work as well. Fishing for salmon is fun. The brute power of kings, the acrobatics of silvers, but the fishing lacks the finesse that steelhead require. Trout require finesse, but you don't always get "holy shit, now that's a fish!" feeling you get with steelhead. I've been fishing for them it seems since I could walk (Dad would have used one of those baby packs if they'd been invented then). But even now, forty-some-odd years later, every time I get one on the end of the line it feels like Christmas did when I was six years old. When you get to the point where you can catch them with some consistency you know you've reached a level of skill and competence, and that's a pretty good feeling. Now it seems we're going to have to fight as hard for the steelhead as they do on the end of our lines.
Because trout are to easy
Because I'm delusional to the fact that I will never catch one.
Kjsteelhead, well said.